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Report: Did Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen buy mansion in Greenwich, Conn.?

Report: Did Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen buy mansion in Greenwich, Conn.?

Tom Brady is now the proud owner of a seven-bedroom, 14,862-square foot home in Greenwich, Connecticut. 

According to Homes of the Rich, Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, have purchased the stone mansion, built in 1990, that sits on 10 acres of land in the tony suburb that borders New York state. The site did not mention a sale price.

One rumor, via a Greenwich realtor, is that the home was once owned by actor and director Ron Howard.

In terms of square footage and acreage, it's an upgrade from the couple's 9,700-square foot, five-acre Brookline, Mass., home that was first listed in August and remains for sale and earlier this month reportedly had its sale price reduced from $39.5 million to $33.6 million.

The Patriots quarterback can become a free agent in March. That fact, and the sale of his home and this purchase, has led to plenty of speculation about his future with the Patriots. Brady last week dismissed such speculation as "just hype."

"Everyone's trying to make money, and that's what it's about," the 42-year-old six-time Super Bowl champion told reporters last Friday.

As for his new home, in addition to the seven bedrooms, Homes of the Rich says it has eight full and four half bathrooms, a two-story foyer with a staircase, a two-story great room, a formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, family room, gym, indoor pool and three-car garage.

The Brookline house, built between 2013-15, also includes a 2,400-square foot guest house (and a yoga studio), a pool, a three-car garage (with pavement parking for about 20 cars) and an organic vegetable and herb garden.

Editor's Note: A representative from Compass Real Estate told NBC Sports Boston that the Greenwich home featured in the "Homes of the Rich" report has been purchased, but not by Brady and Bundchen.

Compass oversaw the sale of the home and would not reveal the buyer but confirmed it was not the Brady family.

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Patriots QB Cam Newton given this jersey number with his new team

Patriots QB Cam Newton given this jersey number with his new team

The New England Patriots made the signing of quarterback Cam Newton official on Wednesday, and while it might be weird for some NFL fans to see the former MVP in a red, white and blue jersey this coming season, there is one part of his gameday look that will remain the same.

Newton will again wear the No. 1 jersey, according to the team's official roster page. This is the same number he wore during the first nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers. 

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You might be surprised to learn that Newton will be just the fourth player in Patriots history to wear the No. 1 jersey and the first to do it since 1987, per Pro Football Reference's data. The other three players to wear No. 1 for the Patriots are former kickers Tony Franklin, Eric Schubert and John Smith. And, of course, the Pat Patriot mascot also wears No. 1.

Whether Newton ends up being the Patriots' No. 1 quarterback for Week 1 of the 2020 regular season remains to be seen. He's the favorite to win the starting job following Tom Brady's departure in March, but 2019 fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer also are on the depth chart and should provide competition for Newton. 

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Next Pats Podcast: How can Patriots utilize N'Keal Harry more in 2020?

Next Pats Podcast: How can Patriots utilize N'Keal Harry more in 2020?

N'Keal Harry had his rookie season derailed by injuries, but that has done little to lessen expectations ahead of his second NFL campaign.

The New England Patriots wide receiver has obvious talent. The team selected him in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2018 draft after a successful college career at Arizona State, and when Harry did get onto the field with the Patriots, he showed flashes of his impressive skills.

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One of the challenges for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels this coming season is finding ways to get Harry more involved in the offense and maximizing his abilities. 

How can the Patriots accomplish that goal? Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo joined the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast to break down his expectations for Harry and ways the Patriots can use him.

"I think he'll get better as the years go on. I think what has to happen is people need to change their expectations sometimes for receivers, especially first-round wide receivers," Palazzolo told our Patriots insider Phil Perry. "We're talking about a position where there's three starters, and not every receiver is going to be Julio Jones, and not every starter is going to be as good as Julian Edelman -- a guy you can depend on to get open in crunch time and third down.

"When we evaluated Harry coming out (of college), his skill set reminded us a lot of Demaryius Thomas, who, when you look at his best work, he was catching the ball and running well after the catch, as well as making contested catches. Harry did struggle separating, which is kind of an important point for receivers. He struggled getting open. I think if the expectations are, right or wrong, here's a guy we can scheme some stuff up for -- that back-shoulder touchdown he had from Tom Brady, that's the type of stuff, the vertical route tree, contested catches, using his big body. That's the type of stuff you can expect from him, but you probably don't want to feed him 150 targets and say go be the No. 1 wide receiver. I think Harry is more of a complimentary piece."

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One way to put pressure on defenses and use Harry's strength and athleticism is giving him the ball on running plays. We've seen plenty of wideouts run gadget plays to take advantage of mismatches, and Harry could be used in a similar role for New England.

"If the Patriots do get creative with N'Keal Harry to get the ball in his hands, you could hand it off to him, you could put him out there, he'll have a cornerback matched up with him. And then the defense will have to figure out its run fits -- how do I get enough guys in the box to stop this guy?" Palazzolo said. "So whether it's the jet sweep game, whether it's just legitimately putting him in the backfield as a running back, I think there is a world where N'Keal Harry could be maximized and give you that advantage over defenses."

For the entire Harry conversation between Perry and Palazzolo, check out the Next Pats Podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network or watch on YouTube below: